Bringing the Walk with Ease Programme to the UK: A mixed-methods study to assess the relevance, acceptability and feasibility of implementation for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Kathryn Martin* (Corresponding Author), Kevin Stelfox, Gary Macfarlane, Paul McNamee, Zoe Morrison, Toby O Smith, Walk With Ease

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Developed in the United States (US), Walk With Ease (WWE) is a popular evidence-based, 6-week community walking programme for adults with arthritis, delivered in either an instructor-led or self-directed format. While WWE has expanded into communities across the USA, it is relatively unknown in other countries across the globe. This study, in collaboration with community and patient partners, aimed to examine the relevance, acceptability and feasibility of introducing WWE into a UK context. After initial cultural adaptation, participants were recruited into the study. Eligible (≥18 years, doctor diagnosed arthritis (confirmed or self-report), self-reported joint symptoms in last 30 days, BMI ≥25 kg/m2, and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-866
Number of pages16
JournalTranslational Behavioral Medicine
Issue number11
Early online date15 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

Bibliographical note

Open Access under the OUP Agreement
Funding: This study was funded as a joint working programme between Versus Arthritis (previously Arthritis Research UK, Chesterfield, UK) and Pfizer Ltd, in partnership with the Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Government [grant number 21414]. They had no role in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data or in the writing of the report.

We would like to thank the members of our Community Advisory Board: Anna Forsyth, Jan Griffiths (Aberdeen Sports Village); David Smith, Nicola Graham (AFC Community Trust); Frances Bain, Helen Wilson (Paths for All); Jenny McCann, Brian Harrison, Claire McDonald (Sport Aberdeen); Hayley Louise Buchan, Shamini Omnes (Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, Aberdeen City Council) and our patient partners Barrie Gordon, Linda Duncan, Margaret Fisken, and Lorraine Scobbie for their time and invaluable insights. Many thanks to all the Primary Care Practices (Carden Medical Centre; Calsayseat Medical Group; Victoria St Medical Group; Woodside Medical Group; Rosemount Medical Group; Elmbank Group Practice; Whinhill Medical Practice; Holburn Medical Group; Hamilton Medical Group) and Amanda Cardy (Scottish Primary Care Research Network) for their assistance in participant recruitment. Thanks also all our study participants, as well as the WWE Instructors for their dedication and enthusiastic leadership: James Dunnett; Sarina Griffiths; James Norman; and Fiona Rennie. We are very grateful to Professor Leigh F Callahan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) for her advice and support during this study. Finally, many thanks to local businesses and community members for providing space and services in support of the project: Aberdeen Sports Villlage; Westburn Outdoor Centre; Foresterhill Porters; Rowett Receptionists, Beach Leisure Centre – Sports Aberdeen, and the Brig O’Don pub.

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Data Availability Statement

Supplementary material is available at Translational Behavioral Medicine online.

E-mail: (KS), (GJM), (PM), (ZM), (TOS)


  • walk with ease
  • Arthritis
  • community walking program
  • cultural adaptation
  • evidence based
  • non-clinical intervention


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